When my daughter told me about her and her friends’ favorite ice cream place, Lick, I was definitely curious. First, I wanted to know if they had vegan ice cream—which they do!—and then, what their vegan flavors would be like. I inherited a big sweet tooth from my mom and passed it along to my daughter. Even though these days I’m very careful about indulging in sweets, whenever there are delicious vegan desserts I just have to try them!
Lick is a local Austin ice cream shop on South Lamar in Lamar Union, right next door to the Alamo Drafthouse. I consider it an Austin staple, and when a friend visited from out of town I decided to take her there. Check out the sign outside the store. It took me a little while to figure out, but their logo is actually a tongue!
The inside is decorated in a fall theme, with paper leaves hanging over the windows and little pumpkins on the counters. Everything is very new and clean, since they moved from their original location on South Lamar and Oltorf about a year and a half ago. Now for my favorite part, the amazing ice cream!
They have a few pretty strange flavors, and the strangest are probably Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey and Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint—whoever thought of beet ice cream? And even though they do have delicious-sounding fall flavors like Caramel Apple Cake, I like to stick to the three vegan flavors. My favorite is Coconut Chia Chai and when I asked about the ingredients, the scooper told me the whole story. All the vegan ice creams have a coconut milk base, and for Coconut Chia Chai they steep Kashmiri chai from The Steeping Room, a local teahouse right here in Austin, in hot coconut milk. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that because I actually also love The Steeping Room! Then they add the cloves, cardamom, and chia seeds while the coconut milk is still hot. After it cools they churn it and it turns into a scrumptious treat. Here is one scoop of deliciousness!
My friend, who is not vegan, ended up also choosing a vegan option, the Vegan Chocolate Chocolate flavor. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate ice cream, but she said it was probably the best vegan ice cream she’d ever had. The scooper serving us laughed and said they get that a lot. Just goes to show fantastic vegan desserts are not only possible, but that they actually exist!
All in all, we’re big fans of Lick, and especially of supporting local businesses and local food sources (the milk they use comes from a family farm outside Waco and the cows are grass-fed and never given hormones or antibiotics). When you stop by, be sure to ask for a Frequent Lick Card to get free scoops and free pints!
Marcela was born in Argentina and has lived in the US since 1993 and in Austin since 2004. She is versatile and multifaceted - being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) and possessing extensive experience with national and international clients. Since becoming a Realtor in 2008, Marcela has been successfully representing sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.
Before becoming a Realtor, Marcela was an Early Childhood Educator and Administrator (M.Ed.) for nine years, followed by her work for over ten years in the non-profit sector as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). There, Marcela worked with children, families, and couples. It's this training and experience as an educator and family therapist that are instrumental in making Marcela unique in her role as a real estate consultant.
Marcela believes that most real estate transactions are the result of a life transition, whether it's marriage, divorce, empty nest, a new job, or a new child. Marcela's comprehensive experience and training in the fields of education and mental health allow her to provide a unique holistic approach to her business - to the tremendous benefit of her clients. Marcela is passionate about her role as a real estate agent and consultant, and she is known for having her clients' best interests in mind at all times. It's no mystery why 95% of her business is referral-based.
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"Marcela was awesome! She was extremely patient during our house searching process while we couldn't make up our mind of what we wanted. And then she found us the perfect house that matched what we were looking for. Always responsive and always gave us the real, unbiased information. She is there to be your friend during the house buying process...not someone constantly trying to get you to just buy something. Also, being bilingual was awesome as both my wife and I were confident we always understood every step of the process". We enjoyed working with Marcela so much that we have told several of our friends about her as they start their house buying journey in Austin."